Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Rackmounted Gaming/Workstation PC

Last response: in Components
Share
June 24, 2012 5:33:11 AM

I'm wanting to get rid of my overpriced Lian Li PCB25F,
and to replace it with something rackmounted.

I think i've got the means to mod the new chassis (if need be),
but it would be difficult to build one from scratch.

Looking at the rackmounted systems, i see that they are classified/categorized differently than usual.

2U, 3U, 4U; what would be the desktop-based equivalents? <--- 1st question.

I also see that most of them have the air vents up front and in the back.

I think that for proper airflow, i would need the air to flow from side to side,
since it will be a permanent fixture of a desk which faces the wall.
Tho. i suppose, this might complicate things too much.

Also. I am going to be having external HDDs and optical drives in a seperate rack,
so i'm looking to find a rackmounted computer chassis which does not include space for those things.

Does anything like that exist (without the extra space, i mean)? <--- 2nd question.

And, in general, i would want to know which ones (rackmounts) are most suited for this type of rig,
or else if any are suited at all (even if they require modification)? <<-----3rd question.

These are my current parts (i already own them and have used them):

TOWER LIAN LI PC-B25F
MOTHERBOARD P67A-UD7-B3
GRAPHICS CARD MSI NVDIA GEFORCE N580GTX TWIN FROZR II.

CPU: GIGABYTE I7-2600K LGA 1155 3.40GHz 8mb Cache
HDD: WD 1002 FAEX CAVIAR BLACK
PSU: ANTEC TP-750
CPU COOLER: COOLMASTER HYPER G12 Plus
RAM: F3-10666 CL7D-4GBECO x2
DISC DRIVE M524 SH-S223C/BEBE-OEM

Forgive any mistakes.
I might be able to replace the CPU Cooler if it does not fit the chassis (sticks out further than the other parts),
and the power supply could be replaced as well.

If relevant:
I am planning on underclocking my components a little bit because i don't like heat, noise,
and i'm not really fond of any excess (even Processing Power).

If you have any questions for me: just ask.
a c 110 ) Power supply
June 24, 2012 5:34:26 AM

Website to buy from?
Budget?
You're looking for at least a 3-4U case because the 580 is large card.
June 24, 2012 11:42:15 AM

budget is what it costs to be done well.
places to buy from? i wasn't looking for something so vague.

and the 580 might be long, but it doesn't stick out near as far as my cpu cooler,
and the cpu cooler fits in my lian li 525f or whatever the number was.

Has anyone ever put pc gaming components in rackmounts and had it documented for me to see?
Related resources
June 24, 2012 3:24:03 PM

Rack mounted 4U chassis are rather low cost due to the mass production of them.

I have considered going that route so I can have a few rigs for servers etc. so its easier to backup stuff.

Rack mounted gear is power hungry so you will need to rewire your hot side (wall) to support at least 5,000 watts or more and to have 230V service available.
a c 110 ) Power supply
June 24, 2012 4:48:03 PM

HSovieticus said:
budget is what it costs to be done well.
places to buy from? i wasn't looking for something so vague.

and the 580 might be long, but it doesn't stick out near as far as my cpu cooler,
and the cpu cooler fits in my lian li 525f or whatever the number was.

Has anyone ever put pc gaming components in rackmounts and had it documented for me to see?

Sort of, scroll down.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-268010_28_4600.h...
June 24, 2012 5:32:38 PM

veganfanatic said:
Rack mounted 4U chassis are rather low cost due to the mass production of them.

I have considered going that route so I can have a few rigs for servers etc. so its easier to backup stuff.

Rack mounted gear is power hungry so you will need to rewire your hot side (wall) to support at least 5,000 watts or more and to have 230V service available.



I think you misread me. I am using parts from a gaming pc, and the server chassis itself does not consume power.




Thanks. This info might come in useful.





And so what is he doing there? I only see the pics of his build, and it also looks kinda different from my components.
why does he use so many fans? And what other things did he need to do?
!